What should I Know Regarding Pregnancy, Nursing and Administering Valproic Acid Liquid to Children or the Elderly?

If you are PREGNANT

  • Not Recommended: INCR RISK OF NEURAL TUBE DEFECTS AND LOWER IQ, CONSIDER MATERNAL TX BENEFIT

If you are NURSING

  • Precaution: LIMITED DATA SUGGEST MINIMAL AMNT EXCRETED;MONITOR INFANT FOR ADVERSE EFFECTS

If you are an adult over 60

Giving Valproic Acid Liquid to a child under 12

  • management or monitoring precaution: Fatal hepatotoxicity risk in young children with mitochondrial disease associated with POLG gene mutation and on multiple anticonvulsants. Monitor closely for liver impairment including non-specific symptoms (e.g., lethargy, facial edema,vomiting. Rare risk of severe pancreatitis.
  • Severe Precaution: Risk of serious or fatal hepatotoxicity in age <2 years especially with multiple anticonvulsants, and mitochondrial disease associated with POLG gene mutation. Use as single agent and monitor closely for liver impairment, including non-specific symptoms (e.g., lethargy, facial edema,vomiting).